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Chinese plant science and Journal of Experimental Botany
Chinese plant science and Journal of Experimental Botany
31 July 2017

In this week of the XIXth International Botanical Congress (IBC) in Shenzhen, it seems appropriate to highlight outstanding research from labs in China.

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Scent, flowers, all that JAZ
28 April 2017

The latest special issue from Journal of Experimental Botany celebrates 10 years of research on JAZ proteins, with an editorial from Ziqiang Zhu and Richard Napier providing a concise perspective on this burgeoning area of research and drawing together the themes in this series of timely and in-depth reviews.

Trees
To branch or not to branch? Shade, ABA and auxin
28 March 2017

Should a plant branch or not? It’s a critically important question for survival, and intricate signalling would be expected to underpin the ‘decision’. A recent Journal of Experimental Botany paper from Holalu and Finlayson focusing on the response in Arabidopsis to an increased red to far-red light ratio intriguingly puts the emphasis on abscisic acid (ABA) before stem auxin changes. This groundbreaking research is introduced in an accompanying Insight article in the same issue.

TN
Sound the alarm! Roots and systemic plant defence
05 December 2016

When we’re threatened we tend to alert everyone around us, and it’s the same at the cellular level. The recent Journal of Experimental Botany paper from Agut et al. takes the specific case of two-spotted spider mite (Tetranychus urticae) attack on citrus, and in so doing brings new insights to the idea of a ‘shoot–root–shoot’ (SRS) loop in defending a multitude of plants against a similarly large variety of pests and pathogens. See also the separate Insight article from Simon Groen for an independent perspective on this vitally important area of research.